Stacy Frank emphasizes local roots as she begins campaign against Dana Young

In her campaign literature, Young has emphasized social issues like guns and the 2nd amendment.  Stacy Frank says that's not a road she intends to campaign on.  "It's an evenly split district based on registration, so I think what (the voters) they're looking for is someone who will go to Tallahassee who understands what our needs are and what our values are and who will be an independent voice."

Democratic National Committeeman and Hillsborough County State Committeeman Alan Clendenin is a big Frank supporter.  He stressed that Frank's support is not in Tallahassee, but in Tampa and Hillsborough County.  A review of the addresses of campaign contributions to Dana Young's campaign shows approximately 70 checks having come from Tallahassee, whereas for Frank it's less than half that amount.

The House seat had been held for the past eight years by Republican Faye Culp, who Clendenin said was a fairly benign Republican in terms of her tone and substance in the state capitol.  But he said Young was a different type of candidate, and invoked comparisons with former Hillsborough County Commissioner and now state Senator Ronda Storms, who has never been known to be shy about discussing social issues from a conservative perspective.

When Frank announced her candidacy last year, critics of cell phone towers being erected in some Hillsborough County schools announced their displeasure, as they have been battling Frank's company that has been the middleman in those transactions.  Whether their opposition to Frank will make any difference in the race is undetermined at this time.

District 57 includes Town 'n' Country, Westchase and the Tampa peninsula.

On Tuesday night, Dana Young won a solid victory in her Republican House District 57 election, more than doubling the amount of votes of her second place opponent, Todd Marks.  Now she goes on  to face a novice candidate but someone who is certainly no newcomer to politics,  Democrat Stacy Frank, the daughter of the much revered Pat Frank, a former state and county legislator who now is serving as the Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court.

On Thursday night Frank began her general election campaign with a fundraiser at her campaign headquarters  on Kennedy Boulevard, just west of Dale Mabry, where there were several dozen people in attendance when CL showed up more than half way through the event (Frank said there had been around 100 people at one point).

Frank said her number one issue on the campaign will be the economy.  "I haven't met anybody in this district who thinks Tallahassee has done a good job,"she said.  "I'm representing an independent voice who's lived in the district my whole life, who knows the district and understands the number one issue is the economy and jobs.  "

Speaking tough on illegal immigrants became a big issue in the GOP District 57 race, with only third place finisher Dan Malloy choosing not to engage much on the issue.  Young ran a television ad that featured grainy black and white footage of troopers with dogs searching for undocumented people.

On Young's strong anti-illegal immigration stance, Frank said, "I think we need to enforce our immigration laws and I would work closely with our congressional delegation to make sure we address problems if our existing laws don't address them, but I also feel strong that if we have any state contractors who employ illegal aliens, they should lose their contracts."

Frank didn't have any direct comment on the idea that has caught on like wildfire amongst some Republicans in Florida - that is, that there needs to be an Arizona style anti-immigration law installed soon.  She said after a Federal judge recently blocked some provisions of that law from going into effect, she wasn't quite sure what was in the bill at this point.


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